Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa

Address: Clonakilty, County Cork, Ireland | 4 star hotel
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      Historical Traveler Reviews Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa Clonakilty

      Great spa, pity about the bar service.


      I did not stay at the hotel but I had a day spa break and so used the bar and spa facilities. I found the spa staff very friendly and unobtrusive. They made me feel really relaxed and unself-conscious, no mean feat when you are having seaweed daubed all over your practically naked body! The spa is very good value for money as you can buy day or afternoon packages which both entitle you to two or more treatments and the use of the thalasso pool, sauna, gym and relaxation room from 8 to 8! A very enjoyable break!

      However, the bar was a different story. I had a drink or a meal there on three occasions and each time there was a problem with service. We ordered coffee one morning and after waiting for nearly 30 minutes, we went to the bar to ask the waitress about the delay only to be told that we had not ordered coffee. She stuck to her guns until she found the receipt and then failed to apologise for her mistake, and served the coffee in a surly manner. I would take this for a once-off, except that each time I ordered in the bar, the delay was unacceptable. Granted it was high season, but I think the table set-up is disorganised and the whole impression of the bar is that the staff really don't know what they are doing.

      That said, I would go back, but I would give myself extra time for my meals!

      Lovely hotel, shame about the grumpy reception staff


      I treated my husband to a surprise weekend at the Inchydoney Hotel 2 years ago. It cost a fortune, but it was a special birthday, so I felt it was well worth it. The hotel itself is lovely - our room was spacious and very comfortable. The reception staff were dreadful and a major let-down of the hotel. Anytime we went to the reception staff, there were 1 or 2 staff on duty there, always on the phone chatting with friends and they would leave us standing there without even making eye contact. When they did see to us, it was obvious that they were annoyed we were there at all, interrupting their chat.. Breakfast was so-so. The first morning, we had Full Irish which had been sitting around for quite some time. The second morning we ordered fresh fish from the menu which thankfully was cooked fresh for us. All in all, we enjoyed our weekend and will return again. Hopefully by then the reception staff will have improved by then, or even better maybe replaced. The porter is worth a mention - a lovely guy. Great sense of humour and very helpful. Obviously he had been there a long time. Also, the restaurant staff were lovely.

      Wonderful setting


      I spent my coming of age ( 50 years ) here, and the tranquil setting was fantastic. We did eat in the restaurant, but the food was too rich, and nouveau. Also we had a bad experience in the spa, having stupidly booking up our treatments the day after an Irish world cup match. Half of the staff failed to turn up! What did I really expect. However we were compensated and it did not detract from the stay. The beach walks were great, and a stroll into clonakilty helped work up a thirst. When I can afford it, I will go back

      Very relaxing hotel


      My wife and two young daughters spent 3 nights here in the week before Easter. We found the service to be generally excellent - friendly and attentive from staff, many of whom seem to be from countries that have newly joined the European Union.

      The hotel is well designed, particularly the public areas. The standard of food and service in the restaurant was excellent and the food in the pub was good value and particularly liked by our kids.

      The spa pool took our kids a day to get used to because of the sting of the salt water, but they ended up loving it. The jacuzzi and other water features are integrated into the main pool, which makes for an interesting experience quite different from a normal, bland swimming pool.

      The hotel was completed in 1998 and some areas are beginning to show their age. For example, carpets in public areas are getting a bit threadbare and repairs made to the roof and tiles in the pool look very messy.

      The hotel is by no means cheap, but we thought overall it provided good value for money, particularly bearing in mind that the beaches are literally outside the front door.



      Got Married in this hotel and could'nt recommand a better hotel in Ireland. Location, Service, food, rooms, view...the list goes on and on...

      If you are anywhere near Cork, give this one a won't be disapointed!



      My father is a wheelchair user and has recently returned from the Inchydoney after a 3 night break. After reasurrance from 3 different employees we were told the hotel was disabled friendly, they arrived to find the lift broken which meant my mother and father had to have their breakfast in the Bistro. This hotel is not disable friendly, no access possibe to the Spa amenities due to the steps that lead to it and also problems with the side entrances. All in all a very disappointing and expensive trip. Please also note this hotel will not take switch cards as payment which meant my parents had difficulty settling the bill. Very disappointing throughout.

      Great location - awful service


      This hotel is in the most amazing location, beautiful beaches. However, the hotel is meant to be 4* but the service is most definitely not.

      Having tried to order drinks there, eat in the bar, order tea/coffee - it is a nightmare. There is no visible management - expect to wait up to 40 mins for your drink to arrive, and an hour or so for the most basic of food.

      Overall the experience is poor and disappointing.

      Peace and Quiet in Southern Ireland


      Well, this was a find. After some time in Cork and then a sojourn in Kinsale, I found this place by accident. A lovely, understated spa and lodge right on the beach, with views and de-stressing moments.

      Certainly felt right at home, meeting some surfers, while taking a morning walk. The pub is wonderful, good stew and Murphy's to boot. The restaurant was lovely, with sea motifs and fabulous food. There's a drawing room where the guests can drink and enjoy a good book, conversation, a pot of tea, or some games. Hate to even write about this find, but it's a wonderful place to stay if you're touring Ireland. Or, if you're on business like me and don't even have a car, it's worth the taxi from Kinsale.

      Out of this world


      Beautiful hotel, great staff, all rooms have amazing sea views - outstanding location. Well worth a visit.



      Aboslutely fantastic location and superb service - couldn't be better

      TripAdvisor Reviews Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa Clonakilty

      4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding

      Travel Blogs from Clonakilty

      Last day with the family!

      A travel blog entry by akreyling on Mar 08, 2014

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      ... well, still tasty. After the tour we went to dinner at a sports bar because they had to leave early in the morning for their flight and no one was in the mood for a big dinner. It was a fun time having my family here, it was really nice seeing them and having a different change of people instead of seeing the same ones over and over. The week went so fast it seems like it is forever ago bur only a month. Can't wait to see them again in ...

      Meeting the family

      A travel blog entry by angesnowdon on Jan 07, 2014

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      ... bake for dinner and a giant slice of the tart. We then went off to olive's brother Tony's house. He has three daughters Kira Olargh and Niamgh. Niamgh is just about to turn two and has a super cute curl on the back of her head. She likes peppa pig and Dora. We played Lego for a little bit before they went to bed. His wife Bridget works back in cork as a nurse and got home quiet late. She was really lovely. Tomorrow we'll go to ...


      A travel blog entry by rsbrowning on Sep 20, 2013

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      Cycled 40 miles from Crosshaven to Clonakilty. The weather the great, constant cloud cover but relatively warm and no rain. Saw some beautiful scenery as we cycled by farms on rolling roads, and cycled along the shore. Stayed the night at the Clonakilty Hotel. There is an acoustic guitar festival in town this weekend and we were lucky to get a room in town. We planned to stay out and hear some music, but after our post ride pint of Guinness and dinner we fell asleep by ...

      Shocked back to reality!

      A travel blog entry by karliengossross on Mar 18, 2013

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      ... at just under 2,5m, the two portal stones are among the tallest of any Irish stone circle. A boulder burial is sited 20m east of the circle, and its large capstoneweighs almost 20 tons.

      Next stop is a castle: Coppingers Court. This must have been a fancy castle in its day. It was a four-story house and was built by Sir Walter Coppinger in the 17thcentury. He was a moneylender and had ...

      Atlantic Challenge, Bantry

      A travel blog entry by psrive on Jul 21, 2012

      ... to manouerve. There was a gathering in the main square and an address from the Irish President then down to the wharf for a blessing for the boats. We've spent the time watching the boats, enjoying the sun and wandering the streets. We have eyed up a seafood restaurant for dinner and will then seek out some music and phone a taxi about midnight! It is a joy to hear the lovely lilt of the Cork ...